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Main Street Park Alliance (MSPA) has selected design firm VIRIDIS Design Group (VIRIDIS) based in Kalamazoo.
Of four bids received, VIRIDIS was unanimously selected by the MSPA design committee. VIRIDIS demonstrated the most in-depth research into the project and community and provided an impressive portfolio of work and references.
The park design process will include transparent engagement that allows significant input and multiple feedback loops between the VIRIDIS Team, MSPA, the City, stakeholders, and the general public. It will also consider diverse points of view to develop a plan that addresses needs and concerns to enhance the human experience. There will be a focus on improvements that promote good urbanism with a focus on flexible space development and preservation of iconic, character-defining features—maximizing the aesthetic appeal and environmental stewardship while minimizing maintenance requirements and impact on existing infrastructure and services. The combined MSPA and VIRIDIS team will develop realistic cost estimates for implementation and preventative maintenance of the park space. A forward-looking approach that anticipates construction needs to reduce circulation and economic impacts on the surrounding business community and downtown residents will be uppermost.
Choosing the design firm VIRIDIS is one more milestone in moving the Main Street Park Project closer to reality. MSPA and the City of Chelsea recently signed a development agreement for MSPA to oversee the park’s development and transfer property ownership to the City of Chelsea upon completion of the public park.
MSPA Board Member Joe Ziolkowski provided an update, “The project is expected to begin construction in early 2024, with a scheduled completion date of fall 2025. The estimated cost for the park’s completion is $6.7 million, which does not include building restoration.
Main Street Park Alliance’s mission is to create an intergenerational community park for Chelsea. Through the power of grassroots volunteerism, they will revitalize this downtown property for a better human experience. www.mainstreetpark.com.